2011 Bodegas J A Calvo Casajus Antiguos Vinedos, Ribera del Duero (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub-Region: Ribera del Duero
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Review Score: 92WA, 92V, 92WS, 90WE
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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The 2011 Antiguos Vinedos is produced with Tempranillo from vineyards planted in 1950 that aged for 14 months in oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in the barriques. The fruit is ripe, but mixes notes of red and black berries, which are well-integrated with sweet spices and smoke aromas from the barrel. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with plenty of smoky flavors and abundant, fine-grained, slightly dusty tannins that call for more time in the bottle, ending slightly warm. 2011 was a warm year, and it shows in this wine. Drink 2015-2018.

92 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 214 - Aug 2014)

Bright violet color. Deeply pitched, spice-accented black and blue fruit scents show excellent clarity and pick up sexy incense, vanilla and floral qualities with air. Stains the palate with intense boysenberry and cherry-vanilla flavors, showing a suave, seamless texture. The vanilla and spice notes cling tenaciously on the penetrating finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins.

92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Sep 2014)

Ripe, fresh plum and currant flavors are framed by dark chocolate, licorice and loamy notes in this rich red. The plush texture is supported by well-integrated tannins, and balsamic acidity leads to a spicy, smoky finish. Drink now through 2021. 2,000 cases made.

92 points, Wine Spectator (2016)

With a black color and deep, resiny aromas of licorice, baking spices and black fruits, this is a big, Tempranillo with plenty of size and tannic bite. Flavors of earthy, oaky, loamy plum and blackberry finish with licorice, spice and baked notes. Drink through 2018.

90 points, Wine Enthusiast (Nov 2014)